“WOW, WHAT A PLEASURE!” BBC CHOOSES FOUR VILLAGES INN

Posted on March 19, 2010

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Last weekend, Four Villages Inn had the immense pleasure to host David Goldblatt and Mark Burman who were here in Kumasi to cover the Kumasi Asante Kotoko- Accra Hearts of Oak football match as part of a four part series on the passion of football. Already they had covered football rivalries in Newcastle, England, Cairo, Egypt and Milan, Italy. Ghana was their fourth and last country to visit and Four Villages Inn had the distinction of hosting them. Writer and commentator David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball is Round.

992 pages of insight into football

and producer Mark Burman recently completed a four part series on African football called AFRICA KICKS. Mark kindly left a copy of the series at Four Villages for your listening pleasure. It is fascinating. Here’s part of the promo material

“Africa Kicks explores the rich and complex history of African football. Farayi begins with the story of Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, who fought to create the Organization of African Unity and saw football as an essential tool in projecting a pan-African identity.”

FOUR VILLAGES became broadcast central with personages coming to be interviewed.

A Former Chairman of the Board of Asante Kotoka being interviewed at F.V.I.

And on game day, madinghana, a.k.a. Four Villages, was given a press pass to attend the game and get a few shots of the guys in action.

Producer Mark (right) records David's colour commentary

in the stands

Here’s what they wrote in our guest book:

DAVID GOLDBLATT: “WOW! What a pleasure. A Big Thank You.”
and MARK BURMAN: “To feel at home from the first seconds you set foot is a beautiful thing. And Charity cooks like no one else. A welcome respite and a happy home.”
How nice it was to get the note below from Anne at the BBC who made all the bookings:
Dear Chris,

Many thanks for looking after my team! Mark said it was a delight staying with you when he checked in this morning.

Take care,

Annex

WE SURE DO GET THE GREATEST PEOPLE PASSING THROUGH OUR DOORS HERE AT FOUR VILLAGES INN!

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